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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Dec 10, 2008 11:19pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these films PD and okay to upload?

"House of Rothschild" is fine to upload. This one is a public domain film.

I imagine that it appears on the above copyright transfer list because 20th C Fox have recently started exploiting their back catalogue, including public domain items, in various markets worldwide. This doesn't change the fact that the public domain items are public domain. It just means that there is an "official" version floating around somewhere.

"1984" is OK to upload also. British law provides a copyright period of 50 years for television broadcasts and recordings derived from them.

This broadcast is highly sought after as one of the highest rated British programmes of the 50s (upon its repeat at the request of The Queen and Prince Phillip.) Underlying rights (literary, dramatic, musical) in TV broadcasts from Britain are not infringed by making the broadcast available outside its copyright period. The only exception to this is if the broadcast originally infringed the underlying copyright. In other words, if the script or music were used in the original broadcast without permission. This is not the case with "1984" which was an authroised adaptation of George Orwell's novel.

If you upload "1984" again put a message into the Classic TV forum http://www.archive.org/details/classic_tv#forum for it to be moved into that archive. It will be very much appreciated there.

And thank you. These were two great contributions to the Archive. I hope these two items don't disappear forever.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2008-12-11 07:19:33

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